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Bears Show Balance In Final Exhibition

November 3, 2019
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BERKELEY – Playing in front of its first Haas Pavilion crowd of the 2019-20 season, the Cal women's basketball team came away with a 79-55 win over visiting Vanguard in Sunday's afternoon exhibition.  For different players scoring in double-figures for the Golden Bears, who played their final tune-up before officially opening the new season on Friday at Harvard. Senior center CJ West and junior forward Alaysia Styles led the Bears with 15 points apiece while Jaelyn Brown (12 points), Evelien Lutje Schipholt (10 points) all added double-digit scoring in the victory.



"We're excited to get the win and excited we got to play a lot of different people," said Cal head coach Charmin Smith. "We were able to try some different things both offensively and defensively. We have a lot of work to do, but I'm very pleased with the effort and where we are thus far as we get ready to start the season."

After opening their exhibition slate last weekend with a 95-77 win over Beijing Normal University, the Bears got off to a strong defensive start on Sunday afternoon, outscoring the visiting Lions, 15-5, in the opening quarter. Vanguard started to find its touch in the second quarter, but Cal took a 36-24 lead into the locker room thanks to a dominant paint presence. West and Lutje Schipholt had eight points apiece in the first half, going a combined 7-for-10 from the floor to open the game. A junior from San Diego, Styles made her presence felt in the paint as well, scoring seven of her 15 points in the first half.

Cal outscored Vanguard, 58-12, in the paint on the afternoon and grabbed 29 offensive rebounds. Brown, the lone returning starter for the Bears from last season, was dominant on the glass and led all players with 10 rebounds on the day, including seven offensive rebounds. Brown also chipped in 10 points, four assists, and two steals to secure the double-double.



The Bears continued to add to their advantage in the second half, outscoring the Lions, 34-24, over the final 20 minutes of action. Freshman point guard Leilani McIntosh scored all six of her points in the second half, while also proving to be a disruptive force on the defensive end with three steals. Redshirt senior Sara Anastasieska led the Bears with five assists on the afternoon, also chipping in seven points.  

The Golden Bears open the 2019-20 season on the road, taking on Harvard at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Friday evening. The season-opener against the Crimson will be available for viewing on ESPN+. Cal continues its East Coast road trip on Sunday, November 10, playing perennial power UConn at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut.

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Bears Show Balance In Final Exhibition

990 Views | 7 Replies | Last: 13 days ago by MoragaBear
MoragaBear
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Put a few video clips into the story to give a little feel for today's action
wbbilluminati
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Nice to get a glimpse of Sara....looked like a crafty foray to the hoop! not bad
blungld
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I don't want to start the year in negaland, but two of the most noticeable things that have limited this team for many many years now are missed layups and poor free throw shooting. CJ most of all, because of her role in the post, has to hit the easy buckets underneath and finish +1s. Hope her missed put backs in these clips are no indication of what is to come. Would love to have her have a breakout senior year.
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blungld said:

I don't want to start the year in negaland, but two of the most noticeable things that have limited this team for many many years now are missed layups and poor free throw shooting. CJ most of all, because of her role in the post, has to hit the easy buckets underneath and finish +1s. Hope her missed put backs in these clips are no indication of what is to come. Would love to have her have a breakout senior year.
Agreed, but West was 6 of 10 which, although I did not receive an A in my Statistics class at Cal, I believe is 60%. The more concerning factor about West is the limited minutes she played. I'm hoping that was by design to give Smith a view of other players' abilities on court. Of course, Brown played 29 minutes - which still seems, to me, to be less than the heavy minutes the starters under Gottlieb would play.
Ashfield63
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C.J. West could not practice for a month due to an injury. She was frustrated with herself after the first game. Charmin was positive about her improving with time.
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Ashfield63 said:

C.J. West could not practice for a month due to an injury. She was frustrated with herself after the first game. Charmin was positive about her improving with time.
That's too bad. Hope she reaches full strength with no setbacks this season.
MoragaBear
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CJ seemed to be in a lot better shape last season. Hoping that won't be a hindrance for her because she'll play a huge role this season.

Also, Charmin noted that MiCole had another setback and they're waiting to hear back from doctors about her prognosis and availability. Not sure how serious it is or if it's more minor.
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